MILITARY AND VETERANS CODE (51 PA.C.S.) - AMEND
                  Act of Oct. 16, 1998, P.L. 780, No. 96              Cl. 51
                             Session of 1998
                               No. 1998-96

     SB 1163

                                  AN ACT

     Amending Title 51 (Military Affairs) of the Pennsylvania
        Consolidated Statutes, further providing for advisory
        councils for veterans' homes and for pay of members on
        special duty; and providing for the charitable status of
        certain veterans' organizations.

        The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     hereby enacts as follows:

        Section 1.  Sections 704(a) and 3101 of Title 51 of the
     Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes are amended to read:
      § 704.  Advisory councils for veterans' homes.
        (a)  Establishment of advisory council.--There is hereby
     established an advisory council for each veterans' home operated
     by the Commonwealth. Each advisory council shall consist of [11]
     15 members and the Adjutant General, who shall serve ex officio.
     [Eight] Twelve of the members shall be appointed by the Governor
     from a list of nominations submitted to the Adjutant General by
     the Pennsylvania War Veterans' Council. The Speaker of the House
     of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate
     shall each appoint one member from their respective bodies to
     serve on each council. The remaining member on the advisory
     council shall be selected by the residents of the veterans'
     homes.
        * * *
      § 3101.  Pay of officers and enlisted personnel on special duty.
        [Commissioned officers] Members of the Pennsylvania National
     Guard or Pennsylvania Guard may be ordered upon special duty at
     the discretion of the Governor and shall receive the pay and
     allowances of their respective grades during the time they may
     continue upon duty under such order.
        Section 2.  Title 51 is amended by adding a section to read:
      § 9303.  Charitable status of certain veterans' organizations.
        (a)  General rule.--Notwithstanding any other law to the
     contrary, any branch, post or camp of honorably discharged
     servicemen or servicewomen or an affiliated organization thereof
     shall be:
            (1)  Exempt from sales and use taxes imposed under
        Article II of the act of March 4, 1971 (P.L.6, No.2), known
        as the Tax Reform Code of 1971, for all purchases used for
        benevolent, charitable or patriotic purposes.
            (2)  Exempt from any real property taxes for that portion
        of the real property that is actually and regularly used for
        benevolent, charitable or patriotic purposes.
        (b)  Definition.--As used in this section, the term
     "affiliated organization" means an affiliated organization as
     defined in section 461.1(b) of the act of April 12, 1951
     (P.L.90, No.21), known as the Liquor Code.
        Section 3.  This act shall take effect as follows:
            (1)  The amendment of 51 Pa.C.S. § 704 shall take effect
        in 60 days.
            (2)  The remainder of this act shall take effect
        immediately.

     APPROVED--The 16th day of October, A. D. 1998.

     THOMAS J. RIDGE